Board of Ed Can’t or Won’t Follow its Own Criteria

In Uncategorized on November 17, 2008 at 6:53 pm

The criteria the BOE and its administrators established for its Math Partnership experts was clearly set forth. The very first point being as follows:

* Sees both sides of the mathematics controversy – neither “reform” nor “traditional”

They distributed this to the public and placed it on the district website. Then they went and placed the darling of reform math Nancy Schultz on the expert partnership panel. To our dismay, her selection fails to meet their number one criteria. And that’s just the beginning.

I ask our education leaders — what are we to make of this? Do you ever mean what you say or say what you mean? As a collective, you still wonder why you fail so spectacularly to adequately communicate with the public. A wise man once said: to communicate successfully, you must first speak the truth. Is this just too hard a lesson to follow?

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  1. Fisbein has joined Regina in world-class obfuscation. Don’t let the door hit you on the way out.

  2. Uhmm didn’t we just get a new board member who campaigned as a communications expert and promised to help the board with that task?

  3. A wise man once said: to communicate successfully, you must first speak the truth.

    A wise man also said: don’t use sarcasm and spite (e.g., “the darling of reform math”) if you expect to persuade someone to your point of view.

  4. Let’s not throw stones too quickly. Board member Laurie Goodman has been communicating – check out her blog: http://lauriegood.blogspot.com/

    And Board member Robert Hutton has been airing his views in the ‘Bergen Record’ Link: http://www.northjersey.com/opinion/letters/Letters_for_Thursday_Nov_13_2008.html

  5. From Laurie Goodman's blog:

    " . . . I have felt lost in "the maze" many times over the past six months (hey, it was just my six-month anniversary last week, I just realized!). The primary job I've had so far is just trying to figure out just what it is I'm supposed to be doing, what I should be doing, what I legally CAN be doing…quite honestly it's been frustrating. . . "

    No really, she said that. Link –

    So let me get this straight – you campaigned for a job that you didn't know what it was?

    Maybe she shouldn't be 'communicating' EVERYTHING she is thinking . . .

  6. It seems Ms. Goodman has yet to find her sea legs for she has gone all wobbly on us.

    “Resistance is futile. You will be assimilated.” The Borg

  7. all I know that the ground workers on the grounds work hard for the money they make.they make very little we are lucky to have them,they are all very nice to all the kids and staff in all the schools.

  8. 4:21 you err in your presumption that this blog is meant to “persuade” others to a particular point of view. Views are simply aired on this blog. You are free to decide for yourself what you think. You, obviously, operate on a level where you need to be persuaded.

    So sad. And oh, so precious.

  9. you’re so not wise 4:21. a wise man would never say something so stupid like “don’t use sarcasm and spite if you expect to persuade….” you must be holed up in that asbestos infused boe building.

  10. Dear Not Charlie,

    Sarcasm is a wonderful form of humor best served to those who are failures.

  11. It is amazing that Ms. Goodman would admit that she doesn’t know what to do.

    Gee, I don’t think either Maskin or Lois would be having this problem.

    Nor would they have let Regina get away with packing the math panel with constructivists.

    They would have insisted on “balance.”

    (Who’s the guy pretending to be in charge?)

  12. 4:29 PM,

    Read Bob’s letter to the editor in the Bergen Record. Thanks for sharing. We don’t get the Record for the same reason we don’t get the NY Times.

    I see Bob is fully engaged in the math debate as far as it concerns drinking age only.

    Bob’s point is… silly at best. The age for the military enlistment is 17/18 because that is the age at which most young people graduate high school.

  13. “…my original post was simply about changing out of the right wing twilight zone of the past 8 years.” Laurie Goodman on her blog.

    So, are we to believe that Laurie Goodman is anything but a fellow traveler of the kooky conspiracy theory left in this nation.

    Don’t tell me there isn’t a left wing agenda on our BOE. How else do you explain this love affair with all things “progressive” in education.

    Stuff like Everyday Math and TERC, Open Circle, Cultural-all-a-day and on and on.

  14. Let’s face fact here. As Mr. Hutton is fond of telling parents, “the train has left the station.”

    Regina and her puppet, Mr. Fishbein, have already decided on Everyday Math.

    This “expert” math panel, the curriculum committee and the parents’ groups are all a sham to provide cover for a fiat compli.

    We are going to have Everyday Math, like it or not because that is what Regina wants and the BOE is too weak to demand an open process.

    Remember, you heard it here first, we are going to have Everyday Math as the official math curriculum in our elementary schools.

    Any one care to bet differently? I’ll give 10 to 1 odds.

  15. I agree with 8:55. As soon as I saw the math planning team members, I knew Everyday math would be “The Chosen One”. Sad that the Board of Ed doesn’t do its job!! At least Regina and Dan could be fired for not performing. Wish we could say the same for our Board.

  16. now what is the story about the ground workers.are they going to lay off them to get some one cheeper to do the job.that is a shame.look at the workers that clean in side half of them dont even under stand what you are saying.well the grounds are going to look like dog doo.they are starting to look good .after 5yers.its all about low labor.grass boy

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